Inspiration: rising every time we fall

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.” – Confuzius

It is not about being so perfect that we will never fall, it is about being vulnerable, more courageous and resilient.

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall, because we have learned how to rise.”
– Brené Brown, “Rising Strong”, p 253

I want to

  1. remind myself what I could do if I would aim more for courage and less for perfection.
  2. remember, that “falling” is normal, it doesn’t mean that I am a “failure”.
  3. check after a “fall”, what I have learned, if I can turn it round somehow and even find benefits in it for the future.
  4. find my humour in tough situations, being able to laugh at myself.
  5. be less judgemental about others, when they are brave enough to take a risk.


  1. What / who would be worth risking a fall?
  2. What are your strengths / inner qualities that could help you with rising again, e.g. creativity, analytical logic, empathy, listening, practical common sense..?
  3. Who could help you with rising again if you fall?
  4. How could you help somebody with rising again?
  5. Could you even find the courage today and try something you’ve never tried before?
  6. What conversations do you need?
  7. Look at the image, how could it inspire and encourage you?

Please share your thoughts and ideas.


Project “Art Meets Business”

60 quotes illustrated by professional artists, aiming to bridge the gap between the world of business and art.

The project was initiated together with Christiane Wegner-Klafszky, founder and managing director of „School of Arts & Ceramics“ (Kunstschule Kunst und Keramik) in Weinstadt, Germany.

If you would like to find out more about the project and already published quotes, visit the page Inspiration or click here to meet all artists.

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© Image: Jutta Deissler via “Forum Art”,
School of Arts & Ceramics (Kunstschule Kunst und Keramik) in Weinstadt, Germany.
© Text: Jutta Nedden, Lead & Connect, 10 /2017

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